The New York Jets fan base has not been confident in quarterback Mark Sanchez for quite some time. However, head coach Rex Ryan and the team’s management appeared to always stand by their man. With Ryan’s job on the line and new executives taking over, it appears Sanchez’s time in the spotlight could be coming to an end. With that being said, Sanchez remains confident that he will be the starter when the first game of the 2013 NFL season gets underway.
“When it’s a straight-up competition for the job, let’s roll,” Sanchez told ESPNNewYork.com. “It really doesn’t bother me at all. It really doesn’t affect my confidence or anything like that. We’re competing for something. All right, I’m going to win. That’s just how I am.”
It is great that Sanchez believes he will defeat Geno Smith in the much talked quarterback competition. However, how confident can Sanchez truly be when he has yet to face any legitimate threat for his job at the professional level? Let’s be honest here. One of the reasons Sanchez’s skill level has lacked is because he has been able to go through the motions of training camp over the years without really putting in the full effort. Why is that? It is because it was always his job and no one was ever going to take it away from him.
There are certainly fans that would love nothing more than for Smith to take the job away from Sanchez and become the second coming of Joe Namath. However, Sanchez has reportedly outplayed Smith tenfold in camp. Obviously, that should not be a surprise to anyone considering his NFL experience that includes two AFC Championship appearances.
At this point, Sanchez can be confident because it is his job to lose. With that being said, if he decides to slump in camp once again or make a few stupid mistakes in the early going of the season, such as another butt fumble, expect to see Ryan look to Smith to get the job done.